RESIDENCY

WEST PENN HOSPITAL

Foot & Ankle Residency Program

The West Penn Hospital Foot & Ankle Surgical Training Program offers a wide range of clinical and research opportunities, including – extensive inpatient and outpatient training experience, research opportunities, peer teaching, career development and more.

About The Training Program

Since 1996, we’ve been preparing the next generation of foot and ankle surgeons. Our primary goal is to create competent, capable, caring, and compassionate physicians who are passionate about their profession. 

Our Foot and Ankle Surgical Training Program focuses on developing future leaders, stimulating research, supporting education, and cultivating innovation in the field of foot and ankle surgery. The mission of the program is to foster understanding and creativity with respect to all aspects of foot and ankle surgery. This is provided through interactions with faculty and peers and is supported with a full-service educationally conducive environment in the clinics, at the bedside, in the operating room, and with research.

CPME

Accreditation

3 years (PGY-3)

PROGRAM LENGTH

4

RESIDENTS PER YEAR

How We Started

Dr. Robert Mendicino, DPM, FACFAS was instrumental in founding the residency program at West Penn Hospital in 1997. Before the residency program transferred over to West Penn Hospital, the residents from the Podiatry Hospital of Pittsburgh completed their medical and surgical rotations there. If not for Dr. Mendicio’s hard work and dedication to the students, residents and training program, the residency at West Penn Hospital and the West Penn Foot and Ankle Society would not be where it is today.

How We Started

Dr. Robert Mendicino, DPM, FACFAS was instrumental in founding the residency program at West Penn Hospital in 1997. Before the residency program transferred over to West Penn Hospital, the residents from the Podiatry Hospital of Pittsburgh completed their medical and surgical rotations there. If not for Dr. Mendicio’s hard work and dedication to the students, residents and training program, the residency at West Penn Hospital and the West Penn Foot and Ankle Society would not be where it is today.

Our Program Director

Dr. Alan Catanzariti, DPM, FACFAS is the Program Director for the West Penn Hospital Foot & Ankle Institute. He is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle surgery and has been involved with the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons throughout his career. Dr. Catanzariti’s research has been published in many peer-reviewed journals, and he often lectures at conferences and seminars on foot and ankle surgery. Dr. Catanzariti is highly regarded by his students, residents and fellow colleagues. Under his leadership, the residency program has become one of the best in the nation.

Why Choose Our Program?

Our residents are highly sought after and pursued for fellowship training and employment. Learn more about the opportunities our program has to offer.
Apply Today

Why Choose Our Program?

Our residents are highly sought after and pursued for fellowship training and employment. Learn more about the opportunities our program has to offer.
Apply Today

Educational Opportunities

Our surgical, clinical and research programs are coordinated to provide a personalized training experience. You must register each time to receive the literature review and CME credit. There is no charge for these.

Radiology Rounds

Radiology Rounds are from 5:30 – 6:30 am EST. Residents present 2-3 cases. Presentations are followed by questions, comments, and suggestions. A literature review germane to the case is presented at the end.

Journal Club

Meetings to discuss pending or recently published foot and ankle related literature by the residents. Be sure to register for upcoming Journal Club virtual sessions.

Resident Spotlight

Welcoming our newest residents into the Residency Program and WPFAS family!

Jacob Gross, DPM

PGY-1

Isaac Kline, DPM

PGY-1

Arina Litrov, DPM

PGY-1

Scott Alter, DPM Lecture Series

Need Continuing Medical Education (CME) contact hours? Register for upcoming lectures today.
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Scott Alter, DPM Lecture Series

Need Continuing Medical Education (CME) contact hours? Register for upcoming lectures today.
Register Now

2022 West Penn Graduates

We wish our recent graduates the best of luck! Here’s where you can find them.

Jacob Jones, DPM

Attending the fellowship at American Foundation of Lower Extremity Surgery and Research Fellowship with J. John Anderson, DPM, FACFAS in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Vincent Vacketta, DPM

Attending the fellowship Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Center Fellowship with Mark A. Prissel, DPM, FACFAS, Co-Director and Christopher Hyer, DPM, MS, FACFAS, Co-Director in Worthington, Ohio.

Kimberly Lockridge, DPM

Attending the fellowship at Foot & Ankle Institute Fellowship with Sandra R. Raynor, DPM, FACFAS in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Steven Georgian, DPM

Employed at Foot & Ankle Specialist of George Regional Hospital, Lucedale, Mississippi.

PGY-1

Jacob Gross, DPM

Isaac Kline, DPM

Arina Litarov, DPM

PGY-2

Jonathan Nigro, DPM

Mary Brandt, DPM

Matthew Diamond, DPM

Emily Lobos, DPM

PGY-3

Scott Schleunes, DPM

Attending the Northern California Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Fellowship

Michael Savisky, DPM

Attending the Tri-Valley Foot and Ankle Reconstruction Fellowship (Pleasanton, CA)

Kavin Lombardi, DPM

Attending the New Mexico Foundation of Lower Extremity Surgery and Research

John Marshall, DPM

Attending the Pennsylvania Intensive Lower Extremity Fellowship

Resident Research

Access the latest research, opinion and educational content in foot and ankle surgery.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Non Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Textbook Chapters & Periodicals

latest news

Residency Program Updates

Testimonials

Vincent Vacketta

“Having the opportunity to train at West Penn has provided me with the skill set and knowledge base to be successful in the field of foot and ankle surgery. I feel tremendously blessed to have spent three years in Pittsburgh with West Penn and I am confident that my time here has prepared me to be the best clinician, surgeon, and individual I can be in the years to come.”

Kimberly Lockridge

“I believe that my residency training at West Penn has prepared me to excel in my future career as a foot and ankle surgeon. The mentorship that I have received from the attendings has built my solid foundation of academic, surgical, and clinical skills. I am confident that my West Penn residency education has prepared me with all the tools I need to succeed in my career and life.”

Steven Georgian

“This program has given me every chance to maximize my potential as a Foot and Ankle surgeon. From my training at West Penn Hospital, I feel confident in diagnosing and treating a wide range foot and ankle conditions both conservatively and operatively.”

Jacob Jones

“I believe that the training at West Penn has prepared me for any clinical or surgical scenario that I may encounter throughout my career. The well rounded training at West Penn has given me the confidence to succeed in every aspect of foot and ankle surgery at the next level.”

John E. Marshall IV.

“I’m extremely honored and grateful to become a part of the West Penn family. I am humbled to be part of the program known for training the best in the industry with their tradition of excellence. This training will undoubtedly carry me into my future career and allow me to excel as a foot and ankle surgeon.”